When thinking of a holiday at the Frisian Lakes, you may think of an area that consist of 24 lakes, located in central and southwest Friesland. To this effect, we should also mention that the largest town in the area is Sneek and you have probably already heard of the famous Sneekweek, the annual boating event held here. Let's see what else this area has in stock for you:
There are numerous quaint villages that you can check out from a holiday home at the Frisian Lakes, such as Hindeloopen, IJlst, Lemmer, Sloten, Stavoren and Workum. The great majority of them are ones that also have beautiful historic centers. In Lemmer for example you will also find the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, which is actually the largest in the world that is still functioning. The largest and most important lakes are the Sneekermeer, also the Tjeukemeer, the Fluessen, the Heegermeer and the Slotermeer. There are eleven historic villages that dot the area of the Frisian Lakes and they all portray unique traditions and also offer some most stunning views. Heerenveen was originally a peat digging site, the oldest of its kind in the country. The nearby country estate Museumpark Landgoed Oranjewoud, is a most beautiful woody country park hosting the Belvédère Museum. Stavoren is the oldest town in Frielsnad, and Hindeloopen is known for its painted furniture, while Workum and Makkum are known for their pottery.
The Frisian Lakes are all beautiful, with a last minute holiday villa at the Frisian Lakes you can get to discover this area of a most stunning beauty. Across the Sneekermeer there is a sandy ridge, the Gravinneweg, which was formerly used to ford the lake, and this lake has three pools including of a salt pool and the Gauwster Hoppen. The nature area of Geeuwpolder, next to the lake, is drained by the Geeuwpolder mill in summer and this makes for a unique cultural attraction. Tjeukemeer is yet another beautiful lake and the villages around it, such as Echten, Rohel and Oosterzee, are great places to visit and taste the local traditions. Visit Sloten, the smallest city of the Netherlands, you will definitely not regret the experience.
The nature of the Frisian Lakes is mainly made of... water. This water though, clear and beautiful, is surrounded by some most amazing nature areas, such as the National Landscapes of Southwest Frysland and Noardlike Fryske Walden, as well as the National Parks Lauwersmeer, Schiermonnikoog, the Drents-Friese Wold and Alde Feanen. Besides the numerous water sports that are to be practiced from a holiday apartment at the Frisian Lakes, you can also get to enjoy mud trekking at the Wadden Sea nearby, visiting the Wadden Islands even, as well as admiring the beautiful flora and fauna. The land between the lakes is mostly agricultural, consisting of grass meadows dotted with a farm here and there, and maybe a church tower. A most beautiful and serene landscape all in all.
The Frisian Lakes area is like a relaxation oasis in itself, the numerous activities you can enjoy here as well as the beautiful nature areas offer tranquility and peace to all visitors. If you feel the need for some pampering, try the local spas and wellness centers as well, indulge yourself with a massage, a steam room, a bath or beauty treatments, you are on vacation after all.
Sailing is clearly a main activity at the Lakes, you can rent a boat and dock it right at your holiday home at the Frisian Lakes, sailing is a most wonderful way of exploring the area. Lemmer is know for the numerous water sports practiced here, while if you are looking for nightlife and activities as such, Leeuwarden is a great idea. You can enjoy a hot air balloon ride as well, or rent a kayak and explore the canals, you can go for a dip at any time in one of the quiet lakes and enjoy the surrounding landscape. Mudflat hiking to the West Frisian Islands is also a lot of fun, and walking around in the nature areas here will give you a most rewarding feel of inner peace.
A family holiday at the Frisian Lakes is a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones by the water. Every time people plan a holiday in fact, we must admit, they kind of “secretly hope” that there will be a little swimming in it too and a little of just laying around and relaxing, even though you may not always want to fit the pattern of spending a holiday by the sea or in the mountains for that matter. With a holiday park at the Frisian lakes you can have like a “combo vacation” that will be lots of fun for the little ones to. You can go sailing as a family or go for a picnic, you can take a cycling trip through the surrounding area or visit towns such as Lemmer and Leeuwarden, or the smallest town in the country, Sloten. The nature area of Museumpark Landgoed Oranjewoud with the Belvedere Musuem is also worth a visit, and mudflat hiking to the Wadden Islands... unforgettable.
Dining at the Frisian Lakes is an amazing experience, you will find all sorts of local specialties that are more than worth trying. In 2015 Leeuwarden was declared “capital of taste”, thus you can imagine that the special culinary delights at the Frisian Lakes are truly ones that will make your stay here that much more complete. Reade Krobbe is a typical type of beans here, very delicious, the Friese Woudgeeltjes potatoes are also typical. There are of course the local produce such as cranberries and dairy products, and the fresh fish. Choose your favorite restaurant at the Frisian Lakes and enjoy beautiful evenings with loved ones here.
Cycle with your dog along the lake, take long walks in the evening, rent a pet friendly holiday villa at the Frisian Lakes and enjoy a most beautiful time with your buddy. Visit the towns and villages around the lakes, relax and watch the sunset from your holiday home at the Sneekermeer for example, spend your vacation without being homesick for Fuzzy this year.Points of interest, a “must see” list at the Frisian Lakes:
Spend a most beautiful holiday by the water at the Frisian Lakes, in an oasis of peace and tranquility, with watching the sunset from a boat and walking around in the surrounding nature parks and areas. The unique landscape and atmosphere of these lakes is one that the country is much proud of, and there are more than plenty reasons for that. Discover them yourself this year with a holiday home at the Frisian Lakes!
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